The 8 Best Dog Breeds for Apartment Living

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A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than you love yourself.” – Josh Billings

Are you thinking about getting a dog? If the answer is yes, you know that there are a lot of decisions that need to be made when it comes to bringing a dog into your home. And when you live in an apartment, you want a dog that’s going to love apartment living as much as you.

Most apartments have rules on the breeds of dogs that are allowed, so once you’ve checked on those restrictions, it’s time to find the perfect dog for you. Luckily, there are lots of breeds that do great with apartment living.

  • Bichon Frisé: If you’re looking for an adorable dog that’s small, sensitive, and adapts well to apartment life, the Bichon Frisé could be the dog for you. They are friendly dogs that do well with children and strangers and are very easy to train. They are a fairly high energy dog and love to play, so keep that in mind.
  • Boston Terrier: Boston Terriers are so cute with their shiny coats and huge round eyes, and because of their small size, they do very well living in apartments. Boston Terriers are easily trained, do not drool much, and are relatively minimal shedders. They are a high energy dog and love to play and go for walks. They also do very well with children.
  • Chihuahua: Chihuahuas may be small, but they have a big personality. Their size makes them ideal for apartment life, but they have a bunch of additional positive attributes. They are friendly, low-shedding, low-drooling, and easy to groom. They are considered a medium-energy level dog and don’t require loads of exercise, but they don’t like being left alone, so be sure to compare their needs with your lifestyle.
  • French Bulldog: The French Bulldog was bred to be a miniature version of the full-sized Bulldog, and they are a great dog for those living in apartments. They are affectionate and friendly and love to play – making them perfect for families. 
  • Maltese: With their beautiful white coat, the Maltese is a regal-looking dog. Their small stature (weighing up to seven pounds) makes them fantastic apartment dwellers. They tend not to bark very much and show lots of affection to their owners. 
  • Pekingese: Pekingese were once bred to be companions for Chinese royalty, and with their gorgeous coats, you can understand why. They are loyal and friendly, and only grow to be about 7 to 14 pounds, which means they do well in apartments. They do have a tendency to shed a lot, and their coats do require special grooming, but they have few health issues and, on average, live 12 to 15 years.
  • Pug: Pugs have flat faces and big eyes that will quickly endear them to you. They love children and have a playful nature and will always be happy to see you after a day at work or school. They do shed some and can tend to gain weight if you don’t watch their diet, but they are easy to groom and enjoy going for walks – which helps.
  • Shih Tzu: Shih Tzu translates as “little lion,” but these dogs are definitely not ferocious. They are loving and affectionate, and you may even find them following you around the house as they just want to spend time with you. They are a lower-energy dog and will be happy to sit on your lap and watch a movie with you.

Before you head out to find that perfect dog for you, check what breeds your apartment allows. And then do your research to find one that matches your lifestyle and activity level. Soon you could have a new companion!

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